A Mathematical Journey through Literature - Sarah Hart

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17:00 - 18:00
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Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road
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Target audience
Parents, Students, Teachers
Age range
Age 14-15 (year 10), Age 15-16 (year 11), Age 16-17 (year 12), Age 17-18 (year 13)
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In this lecture, Sarah Hart will explore the many connections between mathematics and literature. She'll show the hidden mathematical structures behind everything from poetry to novels, and reveal some of the beautiful mathematical imagery and symbolism in fiction, from simple fairy tales to classics like Moby-Dick. Her goal is to show that not only are mathematics and literature inextricably linked, but that understanding these links can enhance our enjoyment of both.

Sarah Hart is Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College and Professor of Mathematics at Birkbeck, University of London. She is author of Once Upon a Prime: the Wondrous Connections between Mathematics and Literature.

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register to attend in person.

The lecture will be broadcast on the Oxford Mathematics YouTube Channel on Thursday 14th December at 5pm and any time after (no need to register for the online version).

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.